Machine-centered design: engaging in non-human ecologies

Speaker: Lasse Scherffig

Tuesday May 25 9:30 am – 10:15 am

The talk bridges the history of non-human or posthuman design from cybernetics and its precursors to contemporary practice. He proposes that design has always been machine-centered, even-and especially-when the opposite is claimed. As such, he argues that we must acknowledge the reality that the field of design and technology is about designing for technology. A series of student-led research projects are presented that engage with this reality. These works are discussed as ways of participating in non-human ecologies, acting not against their logic, but immersing themselves in it. As such, machine-centered design as a critical practice can be seen as both complicit with and opposed to the technological ecologies in which it participates.